The Smiths bass player Andy Rourke has teamed up with KAV from Happy Mondays to form the new super-group Blitz Vega. The first single Hey Christo has an Oasis Shakermaker-like garage rock sound to it.
The results are in and How Soon Is Now from The Smiths has defeated New Order’s 1963 in the final game. While people don’t typically think of the song as a B-side, it was in fact featured as such before making it’s first album appearance.
This is the final game in the Best of the B-sides tournament. There were a few surprises on the way here. Depeche Mode’s Sea Of Sin was a favorite to make the Final Four. Additionally, The Cure had the most songs represented in the tournament yet none of them made the final. The tournament is also not without controversy. How Soon Is Now is generally considered to be an album track. However, before it appeared on Hatful Of Hollow and Meat Is Murder, it was a B-side to the single William It Was Really Nothing.
The final 4 teams are left in the Best of the B-sides tournament. While both matchups are difficult, the game between The Cure and New Order is insane. How do you choose between those two? We are close to the end here so make sure to get your votes in so that you can influence…
B-Sides Tournament Round 4: The Smiths, Joy Division, David Bowie, XTC, Duran Duran, The Cure, New Order
The final 8 teams are left in the Best of the B-sides tournament. There are one or two surprises in this list, but it’s a pretty solid collection of tracks. Good luck choosing between these
B-Sides Tournament Round 3: The Smiths vs Depeche Mode, Pixies vs Joy Division, David Bowie vs New Order
Welcome to round 3 of the best of the B-sides tournament. The games are about to get tougher. For a few of these, I have no idea how they will turn out but…that’s why we vote! For each match up, select the song that is your favorite b-side. Then, scroll to the bottom and select…
B-Sides Tournament Round 2: The Smiths vs The Cure, Depeche Mode vs Garbage, Duran Duran vs The Pixies
Welcome to the second round games of the Strangeways Radio B-sides tournament. The voting will get significantly more difficult as we move into the late rounds. These games are difficult to predict.
More round 1 games to vote on in the B-sides tournament. This one features a bunch of powerhouse bands but we don’t expect many surprises in this set of games.
B-Sides Tournament Round 1: Placebo vs The Smiths, The Cure vs Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode vs Sisters Of Mercy
Welcome to the first round of voting in the Strangeways Radio B-Sides tournament. We started off with a bang featuring some heavy hitters. There are 3 games in this round that you can vote on. You can only vote 1 time and voting will expire on March 21 at midnight EST.
We all have a favorite band that we wish would reunite, right? Sometimes it is realistic, sometimes it becomes reality and sometimes it is pure fantasy. Have you ever fantasized about being the one to make it happen? That is the crux of How Soon Is Never by Rock journalist, Marc Spitz
Have you ever wondered what makes a song sad? Is it simply lyrical content? Is it the personal feelings you prescribe to that song, your recollections of it? Are there simply chords or intonations of voice that can stir this feeling in us. Is it scientific or formulaic? Certainly there are artists who are known as dark, or depressing but even some of these artists have other tracks that are more buoyant or jubilant. If you are interested in these answers or simply like most of us, have compiled lists or mixtapes in your head of the saddest songs of all time, then this book is for you.
We are bringing back a popular feature to Strangeways called Alternative Timelines. Each post identifies iconic images and formats them perfectly to fit on your Facebook Timeline Header. There will be a different theme each week and for the first installment, I decided to go with a simple Alternative Classics theme that focuses on three of the most iconic covers of all time.